The two frontrunners for Democratic chairman are Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

Ellison earned early endorsements from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, but Perez gained some high-profile endorsements later on.

With a strained voice, Perez gave his speech, which included the line: "You can't go bowling alone to succeed, you must go bowling together."

During his speech, Ellison urged unity after the seven-candidate vote ends. "We've got to come out of here and-in-hand, brothers and sisters, because Trump is right outside that door. Not just Trump, but Trumpism," Ellison said.